Comics Studies Minor

The program

If you are a comics reader this minor will give you greater appreciation of the complexity and diversity of the comics medium.  If you are an aspiring comics creator you can use this minor to better understand and practice your craft.  If you are a visual narrative communicator (videographer, web designer, storyboard artist, etc.) you can learn techniques applicable to your particular art form.

You do not have to be an artist to minor in Comics Studies.  All students in the program will have an opportunity to Appreciate the diversity and potential of the comics art form; Understand comics as a unique medium of communication; Discover the governing principles of the comics art form; Apply knowledge of the medium to the creation of graphic narratives; Analyze the role of the comics medium in various cultures; and Evaluate graphic narratives.

Requirements (15 hours)

Required (six hours)

COM/MMC 2023 - Introduction to Comics Studies

Com/MMC/PSY 4073 - Comics Studies Project

or ART 4583 Advanced Studio - Media & Design

Electives (nine hours)

ART 4583 - Advanced Studio Media and Design

COM/MMC 3173 - Graphic Novel Seminar

COM/MMC 4173     Nonfiction Comics

COM 4003 - Special Topics [When a comics topic is taught]

ENG 4963 - Special Topics [When a comics topic is taught]

PSY 4003 - Special Topics [When a comics topic is taught]

With the approval of the Director of Comics Studies Minor (CSM) and the course instructor students can use the following courses for the minor if the majority of their assignments are focused on the creation or study of comics:

  • ART 1793 - Digital Skills
  • ART 3613 - The Digital Image
  • ENG 2503 - Creative Writing
  • ENG 4983 - Advanced Creative Writing
  • MMC 4293/5293 - Creative Nonfiction

The Faculty

The faculty teaching in the Comics Studies Minor come from a variety of disciplines - English, Mass Media, Psychology, Communication and Art.  They are scholars, artists and writers.  They include a comics blogger social media superherologist among Twitter's top ten psychologists, a co-founder of the first U.S. academic conference devoted to comics and an editor of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies series.  The faculty includes internationally known comics scholars who have authored and edited some the the leading textbooks in the field.

The Results

Students have been able to meet and interact with comics pioneers such as Will Eisner and Stephen R. Bessette and current artistic innovators such as David Mack, Peter Kuper, GB Tran and Joseph Sacco.  Those creators have visited the HSU campus, but students have also been able to visit via conference calls or Skype with DC President Paul Levitz, legendary comics creators (Denny O'Neil, Trina Robbins, etc.) and currently hot creators (Kelly Sue Deconnick, Cullen Bunn, Mark Waid, etc.)

Students have presented their comics research at regional, national and international academic conferences.  Students have also conducted ethnographic and behavioral research at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

For students interested in creating comics there is an opportunity to contribute the Comics Arts Club anthology comic and produce comics for the campus newspaper.  The faculty can also connect students with publishing opportunities beyond the campus.  Other students might well use the techniques of sequential art in advertising, animation and game design.

Contact

Dr. Randy Duncan
Arkansas Hall 213
HSU Box 7834
Arkadelphia, AR  71999-0001
Phone:  870-230-5042
duncanr@hsu.edu

or

Dr. Travis Langley
McBrien Hall 301F
HSU Box 7604
Arkadelphia, AR  71999-0001
Phone:  870-230-5222
langlet@hsu.edu